Sunday, May 12, 2013

Pyebaek, The Korean Wedding

폐백 Pyebaek is a part of Korean traditional wedding ceremony. Only family members attend this ceremony. The bride present's jujubes, chestnuts as a symbol of fertility or children to parents and elder family from the groom.

My point of view here is not about the ceremony itself but I'm interesting of the wedding food for pyebaek.

Wedding food is intented in order to invite praise and admiration. Chastity was regarded as the most worthwhile virtue for wedded couples. Fertility, longevity were also considered to be great blessings.
Some points above are represented in Korean wedding food. Various colors such as blue, red, yellow, white, and black are represents of the five moral virtues. They are benevolence, propriety, faith, wisdom and also righteousness. The jujube and chestnut symbolize the endless generation of posterity and longevity. Jujube means a son that forms the line of family pedigree. Dried persimons which are sliced resemble of flowers, represents penance and is valued because the process of making it requires time and a lot of care.

Pyebaek table setting :
Stacked jujubes (served for the bride's father in law, chicken (served for the bride's mother in law), gujeolpan (nine-sectioned plate), wine.

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